Book Review: White Knight by CD Reiss


White Knight 

an all-new romantic standalone 

from New York Times bestselling author 

CD Reiss 

is available NOW!


Catherine's long-lost love is found.

Catherine Barrington is a rich girl. Chris Cartwright is a poor boy.
He left her to make something of himself. A man she could be proud of. A man she could bring home to her parents. A man she could marry.
On the trading floor he became the man he knew he could be. Now, it’s time to return.
Rich girl.
Poor boy.
She didn’t care about his money, but he didn’t believe her. Soon after he left, all the money was gone.
Her life is hell.
Now he’s back, and he’s different. Pristine. Gorgeous. Rich.
Rich boy.
Poor girl.
Money was never the barrier, until now.
White Knight is a standalone in the same world as King of Code, with its own beginning, middle, and end. You don't need to read anything else to read White Knight.

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My Thoughts

White Knight by CD Reiss has the raw materials for a great romance book but ultimately I finished the book wanting a better understanding of the characters and their circumstances.

This second chance romance for Chris and Catherine is told in alternating points of view moving back and forth in time between today and thirteen years previously, when, as sixteen year olds, they fell in love. Saying they fell in love is somewhat lame on my part. It was a meeting and recognition of soulmates, the love of your life. The time spend together was touching to read.

In the present day, the death of Chris’ dog, his companion since he first met Catherine, finds him coming home to Barrington. Catherine still lives there and like the town, she is withering away. Catherine is watching her sister move on and this makes her somewhat pitiable situation worse.

I liked that while Catherine and Chris still felt an immense attraction and love for one another, both were cognizant of the fact it’s not possible to gloss over the time in between. Today, they are both different people and living in different circumstances.
I do wish the story was fleshed out further. The time spent apart is rarely discussed. It shaped them both yet I struggled to understand some of their choices during this time. I also wanted to better understand their families. I can hazard a guess at some of it but there is much left open to interpretation.

Now having read White Knight, I do plan to read the earlier book, King of Code, featuring Taylor and Harper. Their inclusion in White Knight has made me curious about them.



About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. 

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 


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